Stuhlmuller Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

During harvest we picked by block to ensure optimum maturity in the fruit. In the winery, the clusters were gently destemmed. For fermentation we used a mix of open-top tanks with manual punching-down of the cap, and closed-top tanks where the must was pumped over. The closed-top tanks were used to create better palate texture, while the open-top tanks were utilized to help retain fruit intensity in the must. The finished wine, composed almost entirely of free-run juice, was drained from the tank and racked to 40 percent new French oak barrels where the wines underwent malolactic fermentation. Each block was fermented and aged separately for 10 months before an initial blend was made. Our 2006 Cabernet was barrel aged for a total of 18 months.

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Stuhlmuller Vineyards:
Since 1982, Stuhlmuller Vineyards has built a reputation as growers of world-class grapes, selling their coveted fruit to a number of top area wineries. By the mid-‘90s, Fritz Stuhlmuller was so inspired by the complex wines being made from his family’s vineyard that he established a small, artisan winery bearing the Stuhlmuller name. The vineyard’s unique terroir creates C... Read more
Since 1982, Stuhlmuller Vineyards has built a reputation as growers of world-class grapes, selling their coveted fruit to a number of top area wineries. By the mid-‘90s, Fritz Stuhlmuller was so inspired by the complex wines being made from his family’s vineyard that he established a small, artisan winery bearing the Stuhlmuller name. The vineyard’s unique terroir creates Chardonnay fruit with classic Alexander Valley tropical characteristics, food-friendly citrus acidity and a distinctive mineral touch. The Cabernet Sauvignon offers enticing hints of sage and bay leaf coupled with the region's signature flavors of rich cherry, black fruit and cocoa. In 2000 Stuhlmuller Vineyards built a new winery on the property, sized precisely to handle the small amounts of world-class, estate fruit the Stuhlmullers select to create their wines. Guided by gifted winemaker Leo Hansen (and consulting winemaker Kerry Damskey), Stuhlmuller Vineyards handcrafts, small-lot wines that embody a rich, expressive charm, and a distinctive sense of place. Read less

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Snooth User: whiterabbit
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4.00 5
05/16/2009

this was good as soon as you open it. i thought it needed some time but right now is the time.


External Reviews for Stuhlmuller Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
10/07/2009

This wine displays a dark ruby color with aromas of black cherry, blackberry, tealeaf, anise, currant and clove. The rich and soft mouthfeel echoes the bouquet with juicy layers of blackberry, dark cherry and currant, accented by spicy oak and fine-grained tannins. Easy drinking but not overwhelming



During harvest we picked by block to ensure optimum maturity in the fruit. In the winery, the clusters were gently destemmed. For fermentation we used a mix of open-top tanks with manual punching-down of the cap, and closed-top tanks where the must was pumped over. The closed-top tanks were used to create better palate texture, while the open-top tanks were utilized to help retain fruit intensity in the must. The finished wine, composed almost entirely of free-run juice, was drained from the tank and racked to 40 percent new French oak barrels where the wines underwent malolactic fermentation. Each block was fermented and aged separately for 10 months before an initial blend was made. Our 2006 Cabernet was barrel aged for a total of 18 months.

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 0.61 grams per liter

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